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One option is to book a cabin nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains and spend a quiet night snuggled up by the fire, popping champagne, and spending it with those near and dear to you. Another option is to head out into downtown Asheville and the surrounding area and join in the New Year's fun and festivities.
New Year's Eve in Downtown Asheville
Asheville doesn't offer a public outdoor celebration to ring in the new year, but there are plenty of opportunities to stroll the streets and pop in to the local restaurants, pubs, and clubs. Many of the restaurants have extended hours on this day and offer New Year's specials and celebrations uniquely their own.
Tressa's Downtown Jazz and Blues hosts their New Year's Eve All Star Jam with a chance to dance the night away with some of Asheville's finest blues, R&B, funk, Motown, and more. Enjoy complimentary champagne fountains, party favors, complimentary soul food buffet, midnight toast, and a balloon drop. The club opens at 8p.m. and the show begins at 9:30p.m. The event is first come, first served.
Pack's Tavern offers a New Year's Eve buffet dinner menu on the upstairs level which includes their signature Pack's Countdown to New Year's Eve Bash. Festivities include DJs, hats, toppers, champagne toast, and more. Enjoy three floors and three bars.
The Orange Peel hosts a concert featuring Emancipator plus Shigeto and Marley Carroll. Doors open at 7p.m. and the show begins at 8p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 the day of the show.
New's Year Eve Fun for the Kids
The kids get a night to stay up late and ring in the New Year with some fun. Bring them out to Asheville's Fun Depot for a New Year's Eve celebration they won't soon forget. For $15, kids can enjoy three hours of unlimited play from 10p.m. to 1a.m.! The Fun Depot offers arcade games, laser tag, indoor go-karts, and so much more. The diner stays open and live music is planned.
New Year's Day at Lake Lure
Plunge into the new year with style and for a good cause by joining the annual New Year's Polar Plunge at the beach at Lake Lure. Whether you're planning to be a brave participant or a supportive observer, there's plenty of fun to partake of. Bonfires are on-hand to warm you, as well as hot chocolate and cookies.
The bone-chilling fun takes place at noon on January 1. Registration for the plunge is $15 and registration occurs from 10:30-11:30a.m. Plungers are encouraged to dress in costumes. Prizes are awarded for best costume, youngest plunger, oldest plunger, and the plunger who traveled the furthest. If you're plunging, remember to bring your water shoes and a towel. If you're a spectactor, you are welcomed free-of-charge.
The New Year's Polar Plunge supports local volunteer fire departments. They are willing to sacrifice daily for you, why not sacrifice a little warmth for their benefit? We hope to see you there.
Here's a video clip of last year's Lake Lure New Year's Polar Plunge. Enjoy!
Lake Lure is located near Chimney Rock State Park. Speaking of the park, it offers a free hike on January 1 at 1p.m. Kick of your New Year's resolution to get fit with a free hike on the newly constructed Rumbling Bald Trail.
Wherever you plan to spend your New Year's celebration, we hope it's a fun and safe one. Remember that the new year is the perfect time to start planning for your next Western North Carolina vacation. We hope to see you soon. Happy New Year!